Celebrating Catalysts in the IBD Community

Celebrating Catalysts in the IBD Community

Uniting to Care & Cure Recognition Program: Award winners

The inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) community is made up of brilliant researchers, dedicated clinicians, inspiring patients, selfless caregivers, generous donors, and so many other individuals and organizations. Each member of the community is critical to our mission, but it is the passion and vision of these individuals and organizations – the catalysts in the IBD community – that drive us forward.

The Foundation's Uniting to Care & Cure Recognition Program was created to acknowledge and honor forward-thinking and/or exceptional individuals advancing paradigm-shifting ideas or initiatives. The Uniting to Care & Cure Recognition Program encompasses all awards presented to individuals by the Foundation at the local and national level.

New in 2018, the Foundation is launching a new peer-nominated awards program - the Catalyst Awards - as part of its Uniting to Care & Cure Recognition Program. Through this initiative, we will seek nominations from members of the IBD community to honor individuals whose innovative ideas and commitments of time, energy, and resources are helping to advance IBD research, improve and standardize quality of care, advocate for community needs, and much more.

Recipients of the Catalyst Awards will be exceptional individuals who are true catalysts for significant and positive change in the IBD space. We are currently accepting nominations of individuals in four categories:

Catalyst for IBD Research

Nominees will be outstanding IBD researchers who have displayed courage and visionary leadership in teh field of IBD baseic, translational, or clinical research. Recipients must be making significant contributions that are bringing us closer to fulfillment of the Foundation's mission of finding cures for Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis and improving the lives of patients with these diseases. This award will be presented annually at the Crohn's & Colitis Congress. Applications received before November 1 will be considered for an award this year. Nominations received after will be rolled into the pool of consideration in 2019. 

Catalyst for IBD Clinical Care

Nominees will be IBD clinicians who have displayed courage and visionary leadership in working to improve IBD patient care, while incorporating the patient voice at every level. This award will be presented annually at the Crohn's & Colitis Congress. Applications received before November 1, 2018 will be considered for an award this year. Nominations received after that date will be rolled into the pool of consideration in 2019.

Catalyst for Policy Change

Nominees will be members of the IBD community who are working to improve the lives of patients by advocating for policy change on the state and/or national level. This award will be presented annually at IBD Day on the Hill. The 2018 award recipient has already been selected. Nominations received before March 1, 2019 will be considered for an award next year. 

Catalyst for Online Community Engagement

Nominees will be members of the online IBD community who go above and beyond to raise awareness of IBD, educate the general public, and advocate for and provide support to patients and caregivers. The 2018 award recipient has already been selected. Nominations received before March 1, 2019 will be considered for an award next year.

Click here to nominate someone for a Catalyst Award

For more information, please contact Rebecca Kaplan at rkaplan@crohnscolitisfoundation.org